Faculty & Staff Awards

Faculty & Staff Awards

Through the Public Honors and Events Committee, Creighton University recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and administrators for their service to the University, to the community and to society. Click on the links below for more information on the various awards, including links for online nominations, and for a listing of past recipients.

Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award

Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award

About the awards: All-University award that recognizes excellence based on evidence of effective teaching.

Call for nominations is now open: For complete details on the award and how to submit a nomination, please see the Teaching & Learning Center.

Past recipients:

2021
Brian J. Kokensparger, MFA, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Lorraine M. Rusch, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing

2020
No recipients awarded.

2019
Lisa Black, DPT, PT, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Mary Ann Danielson, PhD, Professor of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

2018
Julie A. Manz, PhD, MS, RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Maya Khanna, PhD, Professor, College of Arts & Sciences

2017
Kimberley J. Begley, PharmD, RPh, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Anne M. Schoening, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor, College of Nursing

2016
Jennifer A. Furze, PT, DPT, PCS, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

2015
Noam Ebner, LLM,  Associate Professor - Online Program Chair Werner Institute, School of Law
David Reed, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Computer Science & Informatics, College of Arts and Sciences

2014
Gintaras Duda, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Naser Zaki Alsharif, PharmD, PHD'92, Professor of Pharmacy Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions 

Distinguished Service Faculty and Administrator Awards

Distinguished Service Faculty and Administrator Awards

Submit a nomination online

About the awards: Creighton University annually confers these awards on members of the faculty and administration deemed outstanding for contributions in research, writing, special service, or some other field that brings credit to the University. The recipient should manifest such qualities that would mark him/her as cultured and of high moral principle.

Additional letters of support are encouraged. This information can be sent to the Public Honors and Events Committee Chairperson by email to publichonors@creighton.edu.

Past recipients:

2020
Administrator Award (Joint Award):
Tanya A. Winegard, PhD, Vice Provost for Student Life
Tricia A. Sharrar, JD (BA’93, JD’96) Vice Provost for Academic Administration & Operations

Faculty Award:
Renuga Vivekanandan, MD (Fellow SOM’13) Associate Professor School of Medicine

2019
Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor, College of Professional Studies
Anne C. Ozar, PhD, Associate Professor of Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences

2018
Ryan W. Walters, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Daniel E. Burkey, Senior Vice President

2017
Geri Moore, Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions
James Howard, Associate Professor Emeritus of General Dentistry

2016
HollyAnn Harris, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts
Richard Rossi, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Student Life/Residence Life
Eileen M. Wirth, PhD, Chair, Department of Journalism, Media and Computing

2015
Mark V. Reedy, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Linda L. Lazure, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for External Relations, College of Nursing

2014

Michael G. Kavan, PhD, BA'82, School of Medicine
Brent Spencer, PhD, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences

2013
Patrick J. Borchers, JD, Professor of Law and former Vice President, Academic Affairs
Dennis Higginbotham, DDS, Associate Professor and Director, Continuing Education - School of Dentistry

2012
Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD, MBA'04, MS'05, School of Medicine
J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Professions

2011
Henry Lynch, MD, School of Medicine
Marilyn Stockdale, BSBA'76, School of Medicine

2010
Frank J. Ayers, DDS'69, School of Dentistry
Mary Beth Bestenlehner, BA'95, University College

2009
Bridget M. Keegan, Ph., College of Arts and Sciences
Anthony R. Hendrickson, PhD, Dean, College of Business Administration

2008
Cecile Marie V. Zielinski, MD, School of Medicine
Barbara J. Braden, Ph.D., University College

2007
Gary D. Michels, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences
Dale Davenport, School of Medicine

2006
John E. Pierce, JD, Affirmative Action
Thomas J. Purcell, III, JD, PhD, College of Business Administration

2005
Wayne W. Barkmeier, DDS, School of Dentistry

2004
John Krecek, PhD, Registrar

2003
Robert E. Kennedy, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences
Steven A. Scholer, JD, Estate and Trust

2002
Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, Exercise Sciences
Joseph M. Holthaus, MD, School of Medicine

2001
Roderick Nairn, PhD, School of Medicine
Ernest Goss, PhD, College of Business Administration

2000
Bryan LeBeau, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences
Patricia Callone, Special Asst. to the President

1999
Richard L. O'Brien, MD, VP for Health Sciences
Diane Dougherty, Alumni Relations
Thomas Adrian, PhD, School of Medicine

1998
W. Eugene Sanders Jr., MD, School of Medicine
Sheila M. Ciculla, EdD, RN, School of Nursing

1997
LeRoy Kozeny, Purchasing
Michael W. Sundemeier, PhD, BS'58, MA'63, College of Arts and Sciences

1996
Ashton Welch, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences
Leon "Benny" Benschoter, Creative Services

1994
Frank J. Dowd, Jr., DDS, School of Dentistry
Michaela A. "Micki" Dukat, Administration and Finance
Rev. John L. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit Community

1993
Fr. Neil Cahill, SJ, College of Arts and Sciences
Andreas Gommerman, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences
JoAnne Day, School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Urban Kenkel, Varsity Press

1992
Alyce Hanlon, College of Arts and Sciences
Deborah L. Halstrom, Creative Services
Wesley G. Wolfe, PhD. University College
Victoria F. Roche, PhD, School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Kenneth L. Wise, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences

Distinguished Service Staff Award

Distinguished Service Staff Award

Submit a nomination online

About the award: Creighton University annually confers this award to a member of the University staff deemed a non-faculty and non-administrator position. For outstanding demonstration to a high degree of dedication to the job and embodying the Creighton Credo in his/her work and life. The nominee must be employed at Creighton for a minimum of six full-time years or the equivalent of hours for a part-time employee.

Additional letters of support are encouraged. This information can be sent to the Public Honors and Events Committee Chairperson by email to publichonors@creighton.edu.

Past recipients:

2020
Lenard D. Gordy, Diversity and Inclusion Office for Athletics, Student and Community Outreach Advisor

2019
Ms. Anne O'Dowd, Business Office

2018
Cindy Workman, Director of Public Relations, University Communications & Marketing

2017
Pam Hopkins, Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost

2016
LuAnn Schwery, MS, Graduate School

2015
Peggy Smith, Department of Biology

2014
Tessa Young, Creative Services, Marketing and Communications

2013
Susan Wilson, Institute for Priestly Formation

2011
Betty Bahr, Department of Mathematics

2010
Charlene Stender, Vice President for Health Sciences Offices

2009
Sandra Murnan, School of Law

2008
Sondra Spaulding, RN, School of Medicine

2007
Michelle King, Office of Excellence and Assessment

2006
Elijah "Sonny" Golden, School of Medicine
Bernadette Patrick, School of Medicine

2005
Geri Anthony, School of Dentistry

2004
Colleen Hendrick, College of Business Administration

2003
Mavis Hill, University College

2002
Rose M. Hill, College of Arts and Sciences
Judd Allen, Facilities Management

2001
Claire Meredith, School of Medicine

2000
Shirley Spain, Vice President for Health Sciences Offices

1999
Christine McDonald, College of Arts and Sciences

1998
Terrence M. Begley, College of Business Administration
Rus Biven, School of Medicine

1997
Gerald T. Schneider, School of Medicine

1996
Karen Kaczmarek, RN, School of Medicine

1995
Jan Podoll, Controller's Office

1994
Georgia Race, School of Medicine

1993
Patti Churchill, Dental School

1992
Paul Hill, School of Law

1991
Lorette Zuck, School of Medicine

1990
C. Francis Baker, College of Business Administration
Mary A. Stava, College of Business Administration

1989
Dee Martin, College of Arts and Sciences

1988
Georgia M. Hill, Student Health

1987
Veronica J. Kenny, Career Services

1986
Martha M. Long, College of Arts and Sciences

University Research Award

University Research Award

About the Award

The University Research Award is presented annually at the President's Convocation to recognize faculty for outstanding research and creative work. Nominations are due by Thursday, November 19, 2021.

Nominees must have a demonstrated record of nationally and internationally recognized research or creative work; must have engaged in scholarship that provides significant contributions to their profession or discipline; and must have a record of research and publication/creative accomplishment while at Creighton University. Nominations can come from any faculty member or department chair/school director in the University. The University Research Council recommends awarding two faculty each year with one in the health sciences and one in a non-health science area.

The nomination package must include:

  • a nominee's statement
  • full career vita
  • an endorsement letter by a faculty member or department chair/school director, and
  • at least one (but no more than three) external letter(s) of support.

Submit a nomination online

Past Recipients

2021

M. Chad McBride, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
Peter S. Steyger, BSc, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine

2020
Laura Hansen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine
Leonard Greenspoon, Ph.D., Professor and Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Department of Theology, College of Arts & Sciences

2019
Bruce M. Mattson, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Jason C. Bartz, PhD, Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine

2018
Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies
Todd A. Salzman, Ph.D., Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

2017
Nancy Hanson, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine
Michael J. Kelly, J.D., Professor of Law, Senator Allen A. Sekt Endowed Chair in Law, School of Law

2016
Amy Badura Brack, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Yaping Tu, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, School of Medicine

2015
David L. Sidebottom, Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Physics - College of Arts and Sciences

2014

Henry T. Lynch, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Chair of Preventative Medicine and Public Health - School of Medicine
Greg W. Zacharias, Ph.D., Professor of English and American Literature - College of Arts and Sciences

2013
Martin R. Hulce, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry - College of Arts and Sciences
J. Chris Gallagher, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Director, Bone Metabolism Unit - School of Medicine

2012
Juliane Strauss-Soukup, Ph.D., BSChm'93, College of Arts and Sciences - Academic Affairs
Robert R. Recker, M.D., MD'63, Professor of Medicine - Health Sciences

2011
Devendra K. Agrawal, Ph.D., MBA'04, MS'05, School of Medicine

2010
Michael G. Cherney, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences

2009
Joan M. Lappe, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and Professor of Medicine

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement

About the Awards

The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement is annually awarded at the May Commencement Ceremony. All current full-time faculty members are eligible to receive the award, provided they have had full-time status for a period of no less than two consecutive years preceding the nomination.  Nominations for the award may be made by professional, graduate, or undergraduate students.

The following criteria will be used for selection by the committee.  You may add additional support information if warranted.

  • Competence of subject area.
  • Ability to inspire students and to present subject matter in an interesting and effective manner so as to stimulate maximum learning.
  • Considerable interest and concern for students as individuals.
  • Service to the students and to the University.
  • Cannot be a previous winner of the award.


Past Recipients

2020
Kelly K. Dineen, RN, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Law

2019
Annemarie Shibata, BS, PhD
Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

2018
Mark V. Reedy, PhD
Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

2017
Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD
Professor
School of Medicine

2016
Kenneth J. Melilli, BA, JD
Professor of Law
School of Law

2015
Peter C. Stone, MS
Instructor, Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

2014

Thomas E. Pisarri, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science
School of Medicine

2013
A. Joseph Threlkeld, PT, PhD
Associate Professor in Physical Therapy
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

2012
Ryan A. Spangler, PhD
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

2011
Shirley A. Blanchard, PhD
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

2010
Victoria F. Roche, PhD
Professor of Pharmacy Sciences
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

2009
Thomas M. Kelly, PhD
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
College of Arts and Sciences

2008
Gary D. Michels, PhD
Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

2007
John Wingender, Jr., PhD
Professor of Finance, Chair
College of Business Administration

2006
Jeffrey P. Hause, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences

2005
Ronald R. Volkmer, JD
Professor of Law
School of Law

2004
Terry D. Clark, PhD
Professor of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

2003
Neil S. Norton, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oral Biology
School of Dentistry

2002
Tom Lewis, PhD
Associate Professor of Accounting
College of Business Administration

2001
R. Collin Mangrum, SJD
Professor of Law
School of Law

2000
Anthony E. Kincaid, PhD, PT
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

1999
Brian S. Hook, PhD
Assistant Professor of Classics and Modern Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

1998
Gregory Zacharias, PhD
Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences

1997
Ginger G. Parker, MBA
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Accounting
College of Arts and Sciences

1996
Robert S. Dornsife, PhD
Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences

1995
Martin Hulce, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

1994
Robert R. Johnson, PhD, CFA, CAIA
Associate Professor of Finance
College of Business Administration

1993
Edward O'Connor, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Education
College of Arts and Sciences

1992
Ashton W. Welch, PhD
Associate Professor of History
College of Arts and Sciences

1991
Ronald J. Hospodka, BS, MS, MBA, FACA
Assistant Professor of Administrative and Social Sciences
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

1990
Nancy W. Perry, BA, MA, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

1989
Andrew K. Hoh, BA, MBA, PhD
Associate Professor of Management
College of Business Administration

1988
Sr. Maryanne Stevens, PhD, RSM
Associate Professor of Theology
College of Arts and Sciences

1987
Walter A. Brzezinski
School of Medicine

1986
Joseph M. Phillips, PhD
Associate Dean
College of Business Administration

1985
James S. Wunsch, PhD
Professor of Political Sciences and International Relations
College of Arts and Sciences

1984
William A. Albano
School of Medicine

1983
Bette Novit-Evans
Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

1982
Roland J. Santoni, BS, LLM
Professor of Law
School of Law

1981
Loy L. Julius
School of Dentistry

1980
Fr. Leonard A. Waters, SJ
College of Arts and Sciences

1979
Fr. James L. Datko
College of Arts and Sciences

1978
Raymond W. Shaddy, DDS
School of Dentistry

1977
William R. Heaston
College of Business Administration

1976
Richard Sieling
College of Arts and Sciences


1975
Orville H. Zabel, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences

1974
Sheila A. Ryan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean of Nursing
School of Nursing

1973
Frank M. Ferraro
Professor of Microbiology
School of Medicine

1972


1971
Francis M. Klein, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences

1970
Richard D. Shugrue, PhD
School of Arts and Sciences